Picking the Right Hair Color

By Christy Hogan, editor

Hues are colors that exist within a spectrum of tones and trying to decide on which color looks best on you is not always easy. Your complexion will thank you for the proper hair color shade you choose.

It all comes down to which hair color is most flattering, it’s all about undertones in your skin and what you would like to emphasize. Your colorist and you will need to find out which color brings out your eyes and skin tone to give you the best look.

Basic consideration of skin tones comes down to this color analysis:

  1. Look for specific colors. Cool tones skin has blue or olive undertones and warm-tones skin has yellow and gold.
  2. Check Your Wrist…If your veins are blue or purple you are likely a cool-toned, if you veins are green you are warm.
  3. Look at Your Eyes…If you have gold or warm colors in your eye you are warm, if you have blue or greens you are usually cool.

Pick a tone that’s opposite from your skin’s undertones. For instance, those with warm undertones might opt for a cooler color and vice versa. If you have neutral skin, everything looks good on you.

Must have product: Pureology Purple Shampoo

Pureology Blonde Shampoo
Pureology Blonde Shampoo

Fair Skin with Warm Undertones

Best for: Porcelain or blue violet undertones, because icy neutralizes the redness giving a cool blonde shade. This looks exceptional with blue or grey eyes.   

Shades Include: Platinum, ice, silver, ash. Sand, beige, champagne

Fair Skins with Cool Undertones

Best for: Fair skinnedstrawberry blondes, copper, honey, and gold with olive skin. Ashy blondes can wash you out. Try a caramel blonde hi-lite for a high-impact look. ar

Shades Include: Gold, caramel, amber, honey, butterscotch.

Must Have Product: Pureology Levitation Spay

levitation spray
levitation spray

Medium Skin with Warm Undertones

Best for:  Brown hair in general is universally flattering, however brown tone look more striking with warm skin and it helps minimize yellow tones giving a creamier look.

Shades Include: dark chocolate, chestnut, dark auburn, mocha

Medium Skin with Cool Undertones

Best for: Medium skin need to pick a shade that is contrasting to their complexion to avoid the washed-out look. Carmel browns fit best with skin tones on the lighter side of olive, and with yellow and green tones to them.

Shades Include: Caramel, honey, golden brown, amber, mahogany, cinnamon

Must Have Product: Pureology Nano Gold Shampoo & Conditioner

nano shampoo
nano shampoo

Deep Skin with Warm Undertones

Best for: For warm and deep skin tones the best choice is warm browns and caramels to accommodate the natural skin tone. If hair is already blonde, tones with hues of caramel look best.

Shades Include: Caramel, golden brown, butterscotch

Dark Skin with Cool Undertones

Best for: Cool blacks look great on deep skin, but adding chocolaty tones is also nice way to warm up the skin.

Shades Include: Dark Mocha, brown-black, deep black